When we buy vegetables we want to make sure that they stay as fresh as possible for as long as possible and this means we need to store vegetables correctly. Wasting food is just not on. Karaglen SuperSpar is known for its amazing range of fresh produce and we want you to take full advantage of them. When foods start to over-ripen, they lose vital nutrients.
But, just like people, vegetables are unique. No two veggies will ripen at the same time. This also poses a unique problem; no two veggies will ripen at exactly the same time. This also means that we need to consider how we Store Vegetables. Different veggies will need to be stored in different ways to make sure that you get the most out of them. You will never handle and store lettuce in the same way that you would a potato.
Additionally, certain veggies can be washed or peeled to lengthen their storage lifespan. Others, on the other hand, will ripen quicker when this is done. When veggies are stored together it can also affect the way in which they ripen and how long they’ll last. Check out our essential guide on how to Store Vegetables to help you get the most out of your vegetables:
Cool, Dark and Dry
There are vegetables that flourish when stored away from any sources of moisture. The best place for these veggies is in a room that is cooler or at least at room temperature. A kitchen cupboard is great as long as it is not right next to the stove. Veggies that do well in dry, cool and dark places are garlic, onion, butternut, and potatoes. These veggies will last much longer in the winter months than they would in summer. But, never put potatoes and onions together.
Certain veggies will last longer when stored in a fridge. If your fridge is equipped with a crisper drawer, it might last even longer. Carrots, beetroot, and radishes will last around two weeks when placed in a plastic freezer bag in the fridge. Broccoli and cauliflower can last for around a week along with Brussel Sprouts. Eggplants, peppers, fresh peas and cucumber will also last around a week. Give your green beans and gem squashes about five days in the fridge. Sweet corns will also last about five days.
Bananas, citrus fruits, and others should be stored on the countertop. But, the only veggie-fruit that needs to be stored on the countertop is tomatoes. The best would be to keep them out of direct sunlight.
Separation Is Key
Never put your veggies and fruits together. Fruits such as bananas and apples and even pears release chemicals which enable them to ripen. When veggies are placed closed to fruits they will also begin to ripen quicker. Try it with an avo. Veggies do not need to ripen faster than they do naturally. Unnatural ripening as a result of fruits can lead to a nutritional loss.
Lettuce and Mushrooms
For lettuce to stay fresh it needs humidity and moisture. Wash your lettuce and place it in a colander then into the fridge. Put mushrooms in a paper bag and then put them in the fridge for the best results. The paper bag is far more breathable for mushrooms which fold loads of water.